There are two main myths about softball. The first myth is that softball is a girl’s sport. The second myth is that softball and baseball are somehow magically interchangeable and are basically the same game, the ball just looks “weird” in softball.
Softball is not a girls’ sport, it was invented by some jaunty Harvard and Yale chaps in 1887 who were listening to a Harvard vs. Yale football game! As they listened to the game, their own spirited sportiness took hold, a ball was a wadded up boxing glove strangled in it’s laces, and the bat was a broom handle, and the whole thing happened indoors. From these humble beginnings (and 19 new rules culled from baseball) was invented “indoor baseball.” Just two years later, Chicago teams started playing “indoor baseball” on outdoor fields.